HC stays CAT order for setting away appointment of Dinkar Gupta as DGP

TPE Bureau

Chandigarh, January 21

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday stayed the operation of the order by the Central Administrative Tribunal setting aside the appointment of Dinkar Gupta as Punjab Director General of Police.

The Bench of Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Sant Parkash Singh also issued notice to the state of Punjab, the Union of India and other respondents for February 26.

The Bench also directed the state of Punjab to file an affidavit on material forwarded to the UPSC regarding each officer considered. The direction was in response to the argument that complete facts were not mentioned in the material sent to the commission.

The bench also directed the filing of affidavit by the UPSC on restrictions regarding the number of officers considered.

The direction followed the argument that all ADGPs with 30 years’ experience were in consideration zone. Punjab had forwarded names of 12 officers.

Going by the DoPT guidelines, the state otherwise could have forwarded five names for one post of DGP. Dinkar Gupta would have been out of the zone of consideration.

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